FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Suspect in cabbie beating charged with felony
UPDATE — Surf City police have reviewed video of Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh assaulting cab driver Charles Hawkesworth. The charges against Kinosh have been upgraded to one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury and a misdemeanor count of communicating threats.
Kinosh is in a mental health facility in Wilmington and cannot be arrested until his release.
Surf City, NC (WWAY) – Charles Hawkesworth had learned to expect the unexpected as a cab driver, but he never dreamed of a situation like Sunday morning.
Charles Hawkesworth was assaulted by Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh after picking him up from Trailer Bar in Surf City and attempting to give him a ride home.
“He was really confrontational at the get go,” said Hawkesworth. “When he started screaming at me I knew at that point that I was probably going to get hit. You’re hoping against hope and praying for it not to happen but your just waiting for it to happen.”
The beating left Hawkesworth with a piece of his skull detached. Hawkesworth will also need facial reconstruction surgery with three to four steel plates tying together his eye socket, cheekbone, and sinuses.
His injuries are so severe that he has been referred to a specialist, but the uninsured cabbie doesn’t know how he will pay for the needed surgery.
“I have never had health insurance and I didn’t figure I needed it with this job because even if most people are rude they’re still kind of friendly,” said Hawkesworth.
If you wish to donate money to help Charles Hawkesworth pay his medical bills you can do so online at http://gogetfunding.com/project/help-charles